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AeroMobil explains that the 5.0 can operate autonomously, raising the issue of whether or not a pilot's licence is needed for flying - one for the AeroMobil 4.0 STOL (short take-off and landing), which is an aircraft not equipped with a VTOL internal-combustion engine. "Our multi-product approach enables us to offer downtown transportation with the AeroMobil 5.0 VTOL and inner-city trips with the AeroMobil 4.0 STOL," says Juraj Vaculik, Chief Executive Officer.
"We' re breaking down the boundaries of VTOL' s alternatives, which are linked to special land pads and do not use the current highway infrastructure." It is estimated by AeroMobil that it will only be available in seven to ten years, with manufacturing starting some time after the scheduled roll-out of 4.0 in 2020. By the way, Ferrafugia is working on its own VTOL TF-X aircraft as well.
The Rolls-Royce unveils electrical aircraft design with vertically take-off and landing capabilities
Rolls-Royce, the UK based space and aviation group, is designing a custom electrical aircraft that it says could be on the scene by the early 2020s. At the Farnborough International Airshow last week-end, the airline presented the idea, looking for key players to help it implement its electrical perpendicular takeoff and landings (EVTOL) strategy.
The Rolls-Royce already has the necessary equipment for the realisation of its conceptual car, which is currently powered by the company's M250 diesel engines. It develops this into a hybridsystem. "Electricity is an intriguing and inevitable trendsetter in industry engineering marketplaces, and as the transition to more power will gradually take place for us, it will eventually be a revolution," said Rolls-Royce Electronics Manager Rob Watson.
"Rolls-Royce is aggressively researching a number of potential electrical and hybride electrical flying market and application areas, based on our current electrical technology and aerospace expertise," Watson commented. "As well as being well positioned to take a lead in the aspiring worlds of face-to-face aircraft movement, we will also seek to work with a number of partners."
The Rolls-Royce, which manufactures aerospace and other industrial jet engine products and is separated from the car of the same name, said that its EVTOL design could be suitable for private or business transport, freight and defence use. Up to five occupants can be transported at up to 250 mph.
It uses a gasturbine to produce electricity for the six propulsion units that support the ship. It looks like a chopper but has wing instead of the large over head rotors. Those blades can be rotated 90 degree, allowing the car to take off and landing upright.
The Rolls-Royce said if the technique turned out to be commercial, it could be seen in the sky in the early to mid-20s. She said that the VTOL electrical power supply system was created in reaction to urban overload and called it the "third air transport generation".
The momentum for airborne automobiles - sometimes referred to as airborne automobiles or drone aircraft - has been built up in recent years, with Uber designing designs that it can incorporate into its carpooling networks and Airbus piloting an independent one.